Camp Nejeda Alumni

Not so many moons ago, it was the norm for the campers and staff of Camp Nejeda to hear the following words echo through the Dining Hall..."You young girls and boys don't know how lucky you are..."

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The voice was that of Frances Wells Vroom, one of the founders of Camp Nejeda. And she was right. We were all lucky. Lucky to spend long days working and playing in the summer sun. Lucky to meet friends who would last a lifetime. Lucky to be or teach a child learning to live well with diabetes.

Frances was lucky too. Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 18, she was one of the first to receive insulin from Dr. Elliott Joslin himself. She was full of life, hope and inspiration. Her belief and energy for Camp Nejeda never faltered. She was a hero and we are lucky to have known her.  It is in her honor that we bring you the Nejeda Alumni Association. Please join us!

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Camp Nejeda Alumni Day - Saturday, August 8, 2015

On the Saturday of Session Four, Camp Nejeda hosts its annual Alumni Day. Former campers and staff are invited to return to camp to visit, see what's new, see what's old, meet up with long-lost bunkmates and counselors, see camp in action today and share their stories of 'how it used to be' at camp. Activities vary from year to year, but it seems there is always a reason to celebrate at Camp Nejeda.

For the 2015 season Camp Nejeda offers two options for participating in Alumni Day:

  • Camp Nejeda Alumni Day Visiting Hours (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.) Nejeda Alumni are invited to visit camp with their families on Saturday, August 8th during special alumni visiting hours. Alumni may bring a picnic lunch, take a stroll around the campus, enjoy an afternoon snack with Session 4 campers, visit with Camp Nejeda staff and nurses and go for a swim in the pool. Please R.S.V.P. via email to or call 973.383.2611

  • Camp Nejeda "Adopt a Nejeda Alumni" Eperience - A unique and special opportunity to relive your Camp Nejeda camper experience by being adopted by a camper cabin for the day! Arrive in the morning and you will be assigned to a camper cabin for a full schedule of programming activities and fun along with your assigned cabin. The 'Adopt and Nejeda Alumni Experience' is a pilot program for 2015 and is limited to 10 participants. Participation is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. This expereince is for Camp Nejeda Alumni only; families are not permitted in this program.
    For more information or to register for this unique experience please contact or call 973-383-2611 x 227 

We look forward to seeing you at Camp Nejeda!


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In Honor of Frances Wells Vroom

ADA magazine July 1966 coverDiagnosed during her freshman year of college in 1926, Frances Wells Vroom understood very well the challenges of living with diabetes and dedicated much of her adut life to finding ways to help people with diabetes, especially children. 

For thousands of Nejeda alumni, her greatest legacy was her role in the creation of Camp Nejeda. As Chairman of the New Jersey Diabetes League, Mrs. Vroom worked closely with parents and with the physicians of the New Jersey Diabetes Association to establish Camp Nejeda in 1958, which has since beome a "home away from home" for generations of families affected by type 1 diabetes. 

Mrs. Vroom's efforts were recognized in 1966 at the twenty-sixth Annual Meeting of the ADA, when she was named as "Outstanding Layman of the Year," an honor conferred on the non-professional considered to have contributed most toward the well-being of people with diabetes.

The July-August 1966 issue of the ADA's "Forecast" magazine featured an article written by Mrs. Vroom about her experience living with diabetes and her efforts to serve others.

We continue to be inspired by Mrs. Vroom's efforts -- and those of all the camp's founders -- to help children with diabetes to live healthier, happier lives.    


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